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Rep. Alan Grayson’s 2014 Report Card

Representative from Florida's 9th District
Democrat
Served Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2017


These special statistics cover Grayson’s record during the 113th Congress (Jan 3, 2013-Jan 2, 2015) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 12, 2015. Although Rep. Suzan DelBene [D-WA1], Rep. Thomas Massie [R-KY4], Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10], and Sen. Brian Schatz [D-HI] served in the 112th Congress, they took office within the last two months of the 112th Congress and here are grouped with other freshmen for the 113th Congress.

A higher or lower number below doesn’t necessarily make this legislator any better or worse, or more or less effective, than other Members of Congress. We present these statistics for you to understand the quantitative aspects of Grayson’s legislative career and make your own judgements based on what activities you think are important.

Keep in mind that there are many important aspects of being a legislator besides what can be measured, such as constituent services and performing oversight of the executive branch, which aren’t reflected here.

 

Bills Introduced

the most bills among All Representatives

Grayson introduced 96 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Florida Delegation the most bills out of 27 1
96 bills View All
House Sophomores the most bills out of 82 3
96 bills View All
House Democrats the most bills out of 207 0
96 bills View All
Safe House Seats the most bills out of 397 0
96 bills View All
All Representatives the most bills out of 441 0
96 bills View All
 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

the lowest % of bills among House Sophomores

Grayson tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 1% of Grayson’s 96 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 113th Congress.

compared to... rank lowest % of bills ⇢ highest % of bills
Florida Delegation the lowest % of bills out of 15 1
61% of bills View All
House Sophomores the lowest % of bills out of 53 1
100% of bills View All
House Democrats 4th lowest % of bills out of 140 0
83% of bills View All
Safe House Seats 4th lowest % of bills out of 250 0
100% of bills View All
All Representatives 4th lowest % of bills out of 281 0
100% of bills View All

Only Members of Congress who sponsored more than 10 bills and resolutions are included in this statistic.

 

Leadership Score

2nd worst score among House Sophomores

Our unique leadership analysis looks at who is cosponsoring whose bills. A higher score shows a greater ability to get cosponsors on bills.

For more, see our methodology. Note that because on this page only legislative activity in the 113th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Grayson’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank worst score ⇢ best score
Florida Delegation 7th worst score out of 27
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House Sophomores 2nd worst score out of 82
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House Democrats 32nd worst score out of 207
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Safe House Seats 45th worst score out of 397
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All Representatives 49th worst score out of 441
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Cosponsors

2nd fewest cosponsors among House Sophomores

Grayson’s bills and resolutions had 35 cosponsors in the 113th Congress. Securing cosponsors is an important part of getting support for a bill, although having more cosponsors does not always mean a bill will get a vote. View Bills »

compared to... rank fewest cosponsors ⇢ most cosponsors
Florida Delegation 7th fewest cosponsors out of 27 0
1,677 cosponsors View All
House Sophomores 2nd fewest cosponsors out of 82 25
1,042 cosponsors View All
House Democrats 21st fewest cosponsors out of 207 0
1,535 cosponsors View All
Safe House Seats 37th fewest cosponsors (tied w/ 1) out of 397 0
1,677 cosponsors View All
All Representatives 40th fewest cosponsors (tied w/ 1) out of 441 0
1,677 cosponsors View All
 

Bills Out of Committee

7th most bills among Florida Delegation; tied with 3 others

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Grayson introduced 2 bills in the 113th Congress that got a committee vote sending it to the floor for further consideration.

Those bills were: H.Res. 600: Urging the Government of Afghanistan, ...; H.R. 5206: To allow Foreign Service and ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Florida Delegation 7th most bills (tied w/ 3) out of 27 0
11 bills View All
House Sophomores 25th most bills (tied w/ 23) out of 82 0
13 bills View All
House Democrats 13th most bills (tied w/ 28) out of 207 0
6 bills View All
Safe House Seats 90th most bills (tied w/ 73) out of 397 0
23 bills View All
All Representatives 100th most bills (tied w/ 79) out of 441 0
23 bills View All
 

Powerful Cosponsors

8th fewest bills among Florida Delegation; tied with 7 others

1 of Grayson’s bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress had a cosponsor who was a chair or ranking member of a committee that the bill was referred to. Getting support from committee leaders on relevant committees is a crucial step in moving legislation forward.

Those bills were: H.Res. 600: Urging the Government of Afghanistan, ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Florida Delegation 8th fewest bills (tied w/ 7) out of 27 0
13 bills View All
House Sophomores 8th fewest bills (tied w/ 12) out of 82 0
7 bills View All
House Democrats 30th fewest bills (tied w/ 43) out of 207 0
21 bills View All
Safe House Seats 60th fewest bills (tied w/ 77) out of 397 0
27 bills View All
All Representatives 67th fewest bills (tied w/ 83) out of 441 0
27 bills View All
 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

14th most bipartisan among House Sophomores

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 261 bills that Grayson cosponsored, 31% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
Florida Delegation 8th most bipartisan out of 27 3
52% of bills View All
House Sophomores 14th most bipartisan out of 82 1
48% of bills View All
House Democrats 98th least bipartisan out of 205 14
71% of bills View All
Safe House Seats 89th most bipartisan out of 393 1
71% of bills View All
All Representatives 114th most bipartisan out of 437 1
71% of bills View All

Only Democratic and Republican Members of Congress who cosponsored more than 10 bills and resolutions are included in this statistic.

 

Missed Votes

27th most absent among House Sophomores; tied with 2 others

Grayson missed 2.9% of votes (35 of 1,204 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Grayson’s Profile »

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
Florida Delegation 13th most absent out of 27 0
10% missed votes View All
House Sophomores 27th most absent (tied w/ 2) out of 82 0
26% missed votes View All
Safe House Seats 165th most absent (tied w/ 7) out of 390 0
58% missed votes View All
All Representatives 176th most absent (tied w/ 8) out of 434 0
58% missed votes View All

The Speaker of the House is not included in this statistic because according to current House rules, the Speaker of the House is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings, and the delegates from the five island territories and the District of Columbia are also not included because they were not elligible to vote in any roll call votes.

 

Bills Cosponsored

68th fewest bills among House Democrats

Grayson cosponsored 261 bills and resolutions introduced by other Members of Congress. Cosponsorship shows a willingness to work with others to advance policy goals. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Florida Delegation 11th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 27 37
621 bills View All
House Sophomores 28th most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 82 76
560 bills View All
House Democrats 68th fewest bills out of 207 0
805 bills View All
Safe House Seats 174th most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 397 0
805 bills View All
All Representatives 201st most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 441 0
805 bills View All
 

Committee Positions

Grayson held a leadership position on 0 committees and 0 subcommittees, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. For comparison to other Members of Congress, we assigned a score giving five points for each full committee leadership position and one point for each subcommittee leadership position. View Grayson’s Profile »

compared to... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
Florida Delegation lowest score along with 13 others out of 27 0
5 points View All
House Sophomores lowest score along with 37 others out of 82 0
3 points View All
House Democrats lowest score along with 92 others out of 207 0
6 points View All
Safe House Seats lowest score along with 156 others out of 397 0
10 points View All
All Representatives lowest score along with 180 others out of 441 0
10 points View All
 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 0 of Grayson’s bills and resolutions had a companion bill in the Senate. Working with a sponsor in the other chamber makes a bill more likely to be passed by both the House and Senate.

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Florida Delegation fewest bills along with 8 others out of 27 0
8 bills View All
House Sophomores fewest bills along with 23 others out of 82 0
12 bills View All
House Democrats the fewest bills (tied w/ 43) out of 207 0
14 bills View All
Safe House Seats the fewest bills (tied w/ 90) out of 397 0
14 bills View All
All Representatives the fewest bills (tied w/ 99) out of 441 0
14 bills View All

Companion bills are those that are identified as “identical” by Congress’s Congressional Research Service.

 

Laws Enacted

Grayson introduced 0 bills that became law in the 113th Congress. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law. View Enacted Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Florida Delegation fewest bills along with 19 others out of 27 0
4 laws View All
House Sophomores fewest bills along with 53 others out of 82 0
4 laws View All
House Democrats fewest bills along with 149 others out of 207 0
3 laws View All
Safe House Seats fewest bills along with 258 others out of 397 0
9 laws View All
All Representatives fewest bills along with 285 others out of 441 0
9 laws View All

A bill or joint resolution is considered enacted if it or an exactly identical bill to it is enacted as law. We only consider bills that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.

 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Grayson supported any of 12 government transparency bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Grayson 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
Florida Delegation least supportive along with 21 others out of 27 0
2 points View All
House Sophomores least supportive along with 71 others out of 82 0
4 points View All
House Democrats least supportive along with 152 others out of 207 0
9 points View All
Safe House Seats least supportive along with 315 others out of 397 0
9 points View All
All Representatives least supportive along with 353 others out of 441 0
9 points View All

Additional Notes

The Speaker’s Votes: Missed votes are not computed for the Speaker of the House. According to current House rules, the Speaker of the House is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings.” In practice this means the Speaker of the House rarely votes but is not considered absent.

Leadership/Ideology: The leadership and ideology scores are not displayed for Members of Congress who introduced fewer than 10 bills, or, for ideology, for Members of Congress that have a low leadership score, as there is usually not enough data in these cases to compute reliable leadership and ideology statistics.

Ranking Members (RkMembs): The chair of a committee is always selected from the political party that holds the most seats in the chamber, called the “majority party”. The “ranking member” (sometimes “RkMembs”) is the title given to the senior-most member of the committee not in the majority party.

Freshmen/Sophomores: Freshmen and sophomores are Members of Congress whose first term (in the same chamber at the end of the 113th Congress) was the 113th Congress (freshmen) or 112th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.